LOS ANGELES — The Atlanta Falcons have positioned working again Damien Williams on injured reserve with a rib harm, it was introduced Saturday.
The transfer, which implies Williams will miss at the very least the subsequent 4 video games, comes someday after he was dominated out for Sunday in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams.
Williams suffered the harm on the second drive of the workforce’s season opener in opposition to the New Orleans Saints final Sunday. Although he returned within the fourth quarter, enjoying 10 complete snaps within the sport, Williams mentioned he was nonetheless sore the subsequent day and would see how issues went by way of his availability in opposition to the Rams.
The 30-year-old Williams mentioned the harm occurred when a defensive lineman fell on him throughout a sort out.
“Oh man, all 300 kilos on that little child rib, man. That is all it was, man,” Williams mentioned Monday. “All 300 kilos on that little child rib, man. It bought me, although. It bought me.”
Williams, who was anticipated to separate time with Cordarrelle Patterson because the workforce’s major rushers this season, had totaled 2 yards on his first two carries. Patterson, in Williams’ absence, had profession highs in carries (22) and speeding yards (120) in opposition to the Saints.
Williams signed with Atlanta after enjoying with the Chicago Bears final season. In his eight-year profession — he opted out in 2020 resulting from COVID-19 issues — he has performed in 98 video games with 336 carries for 1,397 yards and 14 touchdowns.
With Williams out at the very least a month, the Falcons are more likely to flip to rookie fifth-round choose Tyler Allgeier out of BYU. Allgeier bought some work with the primary workforce throughout the preseason however was inactive final Sunday in opposition to the Saints. Atlanta may additionally look to transformed cornerback Avery Williams, who made the full-time transfer to working again this offseason and is the workforce’s punt returner, or to Caleb Huntley, who was given a regular elevation Saturday from the workforce’s apply squad.
The Falcons additionally elevated defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson from the apply squad, finishing a busy week for him. Anderson was launched previous to Week 1 after which signed with the workforce’s apply squad at the start of this week earlier than being elevated Saturday.